Physics 126: Fall 2014



Physics 126 is the second semester of the three semester introduction to "classical physics" and covers rigid bodies, fluids, harmonic oscillators, waves, thermodynamics, light and optics. The course covers the subjects required for students majoring in physical science and engineering and is calculus based. There is a lecture and a recitation. Students will use calculus and algebra to study rigid body motion, wave motion, fluids, heat, thermodynamics and optics.

The text is Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Giancoli, (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008). All problems will be assigned on the web, so you may use either Ed. 3 or Ed. 4. You should purchase the access code at the same time you buy the text.

Homework will be assigned using You should purchase the access code at the same time you buy your text book. The course code is MCGREW2014PHY126, and will become available when class begins. The first homework assignment is due at the beginning of the second week. Be sure and enter your SBU student number for your Id since that is how we will match you to the official grade book. The homework tends to run a little ahead of the lecture. This is intentional since I want you to look at the book and think about it before coming to lecture, but it means that homework questions will cover topics that have not been covered in lecture.

The Course Calendar gives the expected schedule for lecture topics, homework assignments, and exams. Also check the syllabus which lists the specific requirements that must be met to succeed in this class. The syllabus also has examples of quizzes and exams.


Instructor Contact Information



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Prof. McGrew

Tue Thu 8:30-9:50am
Simons Center Auditorium

Recitation: Tuesday 1pm

Physics D-134
Wed 1:00-3:00

Prof. McGrew

Clark.McGrew at

(631) 632-8299

Prof. Dehmelt

Wednesday 3pm


Klaus.Dehmelt at

Prof. Graf

Monday 4pm
Wednesday 4pm
Thursday 1pm


Erle.Graf at

Prof. Wei

Monday 1pm


Tsu-Chieh.Wei at

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